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Technology to drive SA agriculture toward sustainability
Technology to drive SA agriculture toward sustainabilityArticle

Technology and the introduction of high-impact technological solutions has proven to be an enabler in assisting farmers and stakeholders in addressing and alleviating climate change challenges...

22 Apr 2021

Zuneid Yousuf
Covid-19 and AfCFTA: why now is the time to maintain momentum despite the global pandemicArticle

The buzz and excitement around the continent's trade agreement, hailed as the answer to a fully integrated pan-African economy, has undoubtedly slowed its pace since the secretariat became operational in April 2020...

Zuneid Yousuf 15 Oct 2020

Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?
Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?Article

Smallholder farming might not be able to generate enough value on its own, but farmers still need support...

12 Dec 2019

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Africa rises to lead conversation on sustainable agriculture amidst climate changeArticle

Technology provides innovative answers to complicated challenges...

Dr Shadrack Moephuli 24 Jul 2019

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For success, train families not farmersArticle

Dr Luke Metelerkamp, a research associate at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch University explores a new approach to upskilling emerging farmers...

Dr Luke Metelerkamp 11 Jul 2019

Boosting R&D capacity for sustainable agriculture
Boosting R&D capacity for sustainable agricultureArticle

Africa's over-reliance on external institutions is undermining the continent's capacity to strengthen agricultural research and development for improving the livelihoods of millions of people...

Nteranya Sanginga 10 Dec 2018

World hunger has risen for three straight years, and climate change is a cause
World hunger has risen for three straight years, and climate change is a causeArticle

World hunger has risen for a third consecutive year, according to the United Nations' annual food security report. The total number of people who face chronic food deprivation has increased by 15 million...

Jessica Eise and Kenneth Foster 22 Oct 2018

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EAC trailing in exportation of bananasArticle

Tanzania and Uganda consume 50% of bananas grown in Africa, but realise only nine percent of the potential yield due to poor productivity due to pests and diseases...

Zephania Ubwani 30 Apr 2018

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Researchers developing drought-tolerant African cropsArticle

Drought impacts negatively on maize and sorghum, staple crops for many African countries. When combined with legumes, they supply nutrients in a form that ensure high-quality protein diets for humans and animals...

11 Apr 2018

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Scaling up game-changing agricultural innovations and technologies in AfricaArticle

The increasing occurrence and severity of extreme weather events linked to climate change necessitate all stakeholders involved in agriculture to ramp up their efforts of making sure that newer agricultural innovations and technologies are available to farmers...

Esther Ngumbi 29 Mar 2018

ARC, Culdevco signs 10-year deciduous fruit commercialisation agreement
ARC, Culdevco signs 10-year deciduous fruit commercialisation agreementArticle

In a 'best practice step to commercialise homegrown cultivars' locally and internationally, a new agreement has been signed between Culdevco and the Agricultural Research Council for a further 10-year period...

27 Mar 2018

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R37.5m biorefinery facility launched in Durban to extract maximum value from biomass wasteArticle

In a first for South Africa, the government has launched a R37.5m biorefinery facility in Durban. The facility will support innovation in a range of industries, including forestry, agro-processing and other biomass-based industries...

22 Mar 2018

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Gender gaps: Bane of Africa's agricultural R&DArticle

Africa's agricultural production is negatively affected by gaps in gender-responsive agricultural research. Increased production and dissemination of gender-responsive research and innovations in agriculture could be a significant game-changer for Africa...

Gilbert Nakweya 20 Mar 2018

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Can the digital revolution transform agriculture?Article

Digital solutions have huge potential for helping farmers boost productivity and connect to financial tools and markets around the world...

Heinz Strubenhoff and Roy Parizat 8 Mar 2018

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The Doomsday Vault a vital seed backup to protect the world's food supplyArticle

This year, the Doomsday Vault near Svalbard - storing seeds of vital crops in an underground vault - marks its 10th anniversary. It is now the iconic home to seeds of around one million unique plants...

26 Feb 2018

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Science, politics and the quest to secure Africa's sustainable food futureArticle

Political experts have continued to raise pointed questions about the continent's food future pertaining to production processes, trade flows, sources of finance and, crucially, science and sustainability...

Adam Sneyd 22 Feb 2018

#Budget2018: Efficient use of public funds essential to optimise SA's agricultural output
#Budget2018: Efficient use of public funds essential to optimise SA's agricultural outputArticle

Budget speech should address some of the sector's challenges to ensure food security...

Wessel Lemmer 20 Feb 2018

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Top 10 research projects in agri for 2018Article

A list of ten interesting and important agricultural research projects being started or completed in 2018...

13 Feb 2018

Connected Network in the battle to control plant disease in sub-Saharan Africa
Connected Network in the battle to control plant disease in sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

A ground-breaking project which aims to build a sustainable network of international scientists and researchers to tackle vector-borne plant disease that devastates crops in sub-Saharan Africa...

13 Feb 2018

New SA table grape launched in Berlin
New SA table grape launched in BerlinArticle

Meet Joybells. Undoubtedly one of the most promising table grape varieties to emerge from South Africa...

9 Feb 2018

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Evidence patchy on value of mobile apps for farmersArticle

A review of research on how information services based on mobile phone technology can improve the lives of farmers has found only patchy evidence of success.

Inga Vesper 8 Feb 2018

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Study: Honeybees' attraction to fungicide 'unsettling' for food outputArticle

Honeybees are attracted to a fungicide used in agriculture with "unsettling implications" for global food production. The finding follows other studies linking fungicides to a worldwide plunge in honeybee and wild bee populations...

Emma Batha 15 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Precision farming the solution to optimising the red meat industry
#BizTrends2018: Precision farming the solution to optimising the red meat industryArticle

The red meat industry is complex. How are we going to increase production, resource utility, efficiency, profitability and finally sustainability? Precision agriculture is the solution...

Phillip Oosthuizen 5 Jan 2018

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Innovation key to improved commercial and smallholder farming in South AfricaArticle

The many challenges on the continent reinforce the critical role of innovation to make agriculture more competitive and sustainable. Innovation is the new normal in agriculture...

5 Jan 2018

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Reduce pesticides use with sustainable farming methodsArticle

Farmers need to avoid the consistent use of plant protection products (PPPs) that could hinder soils functions and ecosystems. Instead, farmers should adopt better alternative farming practices...

Sam Otieno 4 Jan 2018

SA entomopathogenic nematodes effectively kill fungus gnat pests
SA entomopathogenic nematodes effectively kill fungus gnat pestsArticle

Fungus gnats are serious pests in South Africa's undercover farming, often harming production of various crops...

17 Nov 2017

From left: Prof Eugene Cloete (vice-rector: research, innovation and postgraduate studies of Stellenbosch University), the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, and Willem Botes (research leader of Stellenbosch University’s Plant Breeding Laboratory). Photo: Stefan Els
Wheat Breeding Platform launched to improve wheat production, yieldsArticle

The Wheat Breeding Platform aims to develop new seed varieties that can withstand South Africa's harsh environmental conditions while boosting yields...

1 Nov 2017

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SU professor recognised for research on genetics of indigenous South African livestock speciesArticle

SASAS has awarded Prof Kennedy Dzama of Stellenbosch University a silver medal for his work in evaluating the genetics of indigenous South African livestock species...

31 Oct 2017

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Sernick launches research and innovation division to improve beef productionArticle

Sernick has added a new division to undertake the role of research and innovation to improve beef production in terms of profitability and quality...

25 Oct 2017

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Researchers work on drought-tolerant maize for AfricaArticle

In Zimbabwe, researchers say they are breeding maize that is drought and heat resistant as part of efforts to fight hunger across Africa, where maize is a staple food...

Sebastian Mhofu 5 Oct 2017

Long-overdue GMO testing laboratory to be established
Long-overdue GMO testing laboratory to be establishedArticle

The NCRST is in the process of establishing a Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) testing laboratory to facilitate full implementation of Namibia's Biosafety Framework...

31 Aug 2017

New and improved Gala variety Bigbucks sees 93% pack-out
New and improved Gala variety Bigbucks sees 93% pack-outArticle

The improved Gala-variety apple strain Bigbucks, discovered by Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing's new variety expert, has delivered an impressive 93% pack-out - a 30% improvement on Gala strains...

10 Aug 2017

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Why controlling rats on small-scale African farms is vital for food securityArticle

Agricultural pests are one of the key factors affecting smallholder farmer production. In many parts of Africa, large population outbreaks of rodents occur often and can sometimes lead up to 100% crop loss...

Lourens Swanepoel 4 Aug 2017

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AfDB to invest $24 billion in agriculture in Africa - AdesinaArticle

The AFDB president said the bank was committed to turning agriculture into a business across Africa and to ensure that the continent fed itself within the next 10 years...

27 Jul 2017

New approaches and sustainable partnerships will enhance food security in Africa
New approaches and sustainable partnerships will enhance food security in AfricaArticle

It is increasingly becoming important to explore newer and more innovative approaches to successful farming. Urban agriculture is one of the techniques considered to be on the cusp of advancements within the sector...

Wessel Lemmer 24 Jul 2017

New head of research and economics to help Sernick Group improve feedlots
New head of research and economics to help Sernick Group improve feedlotsArticle

The Sernick Group recently appointed Phillip Oosthuizen as Head of Research and Economics who's primary objective will be to improve the various processes and products in the group's value chain...

28 Jun 2017

UP joins global fight against diseases threatening tropical and subtropical cropsArticle

The University of Pretoria is partnering with the H2020 project Tropicsafe to fight three economically important insect-transmitted diseases affecting citrus, grapevine, and palms...

23 Jun 2017

Technology, like this tea-picking machine in Kenya, can harness agriculture’s power to change lives. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya
Science has the power to boost farming in Africa. But a lot has to changeArticle

There are already several excellent examples of ways in which science has led to dramatic increases in food production and moved farmers in some countries closer to self-sufficiency...

Frans Swanepoel 19 Jun 2017

BRICS countries have an important role to play in achieving SDGs
BRICS countries have an important role to play in achieving SDGsArticle

BRICS countries have an important role to play in achieving the international goals to eradicate hunger and poverty by 2030. They form an important economic block. Together they produce more than one-third of global cereal production...

19 Jun 2017

L-R: Deputy Governor, Osun State, Titilayo Laoye-Tomori; Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola; and Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Dr Nteranya Sanginga at the commissioning of IITA Research and Training Farm in Ago Owu
New research station to empower Nigerian farmers in modern agricultureArticle

IITA has unveiled a new research station in Ago-Owu in Osun state, Nigeria, as part of efforts to expand its research agenda and create impact at farm level - this as the organisation marks its fiftieth anniversary...

13 Jun 2017

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Jill Farrant on breeding drought-resistant cropsArticle

With droughts likely to become more common in Africa due to global warming, Farrant hopes her work can mitigate the effect of disrupted weather patterns on food security. She wants to find out how resurrection plants can...

12 Jun 2017

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Africa must re-adopt its orphan crops in the face of a changing environmentArticle

A large portion of Africa's people relies on several indigenous plant species for subsistence. But their agricultural importance is undervalued and they often play second fiddle to more commercial crops...

Ethel Phiri, Palesa Natasha Mothapo 31 May 2017

Protection of poultry industry is key to short-term survival, but not the long-term answer
Protection of poultry industry is key to short-term survival, but not the long-term answerArticle

Producers need to look at alternative solutions to ensure the industry's long-term survival and to establish South Africa as a competitive global player...

Chris Coombes 30 May 2017

Ghana signs MoU's to increase women agriculture participationArticle

Ghana has entered into agreements with two major foreign investment companies in the agricultural sector which have signed an MOU to intensify women's participation in agriculture in Ghana...

6 Apr 2017

Why microbes are key to solving Africa's food security crisis
Why microbes are key to solving Africa's food security crisisArticle

Microbial-based solutions, which are formulated from microbes, offer multiple benefits to crops. These include improved growth as well as protection from insects, drought, and other climate-related extremities...

Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 3 Feb 2017

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The smart way to help African farmers tackle climate changeArticle

The extension service provider's role is enormous and urgent, especially as climate change has brought a new dimension to agricultural research and development...

Sophie Mbugua 24 Jan 2017

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To discover Africa's biodiversity, look to the soilArticle

South Africa is finally embarking on a long-overdue initiative: mapping the incredible biodiversity in Africa's soils...

Esther Ngumbi 18 Jan 2017

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At last, evidence that African agriculture is powering economic transformationArticle

The evidence is now in and the verdict is that Africa´s agriculture is powering economic transformation in the region. African agriculture has shown remarkable improvement compared to...

26 Sep 2016

New African Woman Awards selects 2016's most influential women
New African Woman Awards selects 2016's most influential womenArticle

The New African Woman Awards, announced in London late last week, have selected winners from Africa's most influential women...

15 Mar 2016

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